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Low Cost Media Center System

by zephyrmark / August 23, 2005 11:34 PM PDT

I have installed a network storage drive on my home network and wish to connect a number of low cost media players (MP3, JPEG & MPEG files). Because I don't wish to install server software on another computer, these players will need Windows XP with media player or Windows XP Media Center software installed on them.

Since the systems will be installed in a living room setting, I need an a/v component style case. The system would need relatively high resolution graphics but not HD quality. Similar systems available have high price tags and/or advanced features such as TV tuner cards that I don't need.

Does anyone know if such a system is available?

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Low Cost Media Center System
by jcrobso / August 25, 2005 3:00 AM PDT

Looking at what you want.....Hmmmmm.
Computer graphics exceds HDTV specs even with a $60 vga card.
So a XP PC with a good VGA card will do.
"I need an a/v component style case" Don't know of any.
There are rackmont PC cases that are black.
You may want to think about building your own. This would keep the cost low and you would only put in what you need. John

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Pinnacle Showcenter 200
by ehalleen / August 26, 2005 9:26 AM PDT

I just currently bought this item to stream video and music to my homehteater. Works excellent even with wireless g. You will have to load it's own server software on your computer. It has component hookups and hdtv support for an excellent picture. Backed up all my DVD's into dixv format and works excellent.

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